Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Prophecy of the Sisters by Michelle Zink

Title: Prophecy of the Sisters
Author: Michelle Zink
Publisher: Little, Brown
Hardcover, 352 pages
Release Date: August 1, 2009

Description (Taken from Amazon)
An ancient prophecy divides two sisters-

One good...

One evil...

Who will prevail?

Twin sisters Lia and Alice Milthorpe have just become orphans. They have also become enemies. As they discover their roles in a prophecy that has turned generations of sisters against each other, the girls find themselves entangled in a mystery that involves a tattoo-like mark, their parents' deaths, a boy, a book, and a lifetime of secrets.

Lia and Alice don't know whom they can trust.

They just know they can't trust each other.
Prophecy of the Sisters is a Gothic novel set in Victorian New York. The story focuses on twin sisters, Lia and Alice, who are a part of this centuries old prophecy that pits them against one another. Lia is the main character and we only see Alice through Lia’s eyes, but you get a feel for each girl’s distinctive personality. The story starts off with death of the girl’s father and the appearance of a strange tattoo-like mark on Lia’s wrist. From there we get a view into their family, friends, and the paranormal that now surrounds their lives.

After a strange encounter spurs Lia into investigative mode, she becomes determined to discover the reason for the mark on her wrist, and for her sister’s increasingly strange behavior. What she discovers is that her family has some deep, dark secrets that she was never privy to, but that she would soon become the center of.

The thing about this book is that it is so different from any other YA book that I’ve ever read and it was a little harder to get into the swing of it at first. Michelle uses the most beautiful language and has developed these incredible characters, so once I started reading it more, I quickly found myself thoroughly involved in the story. Lia is such an emotional character that the reader can’t help but want to know where the story is taking her. Alice, on the other hand, is only seen through Lia’s eyes. She is portrayed as the ‘bad twin,’ but it’s hard to actually hate her because Lia never hates her. The reader feels everything that Lia feels, so the strongest part of the story is the relationship between the twins. The prophecy and the mystery surrounding it gives the story a great moody feel, but Lia and Alice’s confusing relationship is what had me hooked.

Every little aspect of this book had me reeling for more. The prophecy is interesting, the characters are rich, the settings are vivid, and the mini love story is delectable. From the moment Lia discovers the prophecy I needed to know more. The mythology behind the prophecy kept me interested and the possible outcome kept me reading from beginning to end. The twins are on opposite ends of the prophecy and are undoubtedly against one another, but they can’t help but love each other anyway. Their relationship changes so much over the course and of the novel and I cannot wait to see what happens in the next book.

I loved the language in the novel and Michelle did such an incredible job with her descriptions that I found myself needing more once I finished. The characters are so engaging and the premise just draws the reader in so much that it would be impossible for me to give this book a bad rating. I am definitely looking forward to the next two books in the series.


elnice said...

I am so glad to hear you liked this book. I want to read it. It is good to know it may take a bit to get into. Thanks.

Elie (Ellz Readz)

Nikki (A Haunt of Ancient Peace) said...

It's a great read. It didn't take long to get into, but it wasn't a book that had me hooked from the first 5 pages. I think it's because it's so different from other YA novels and I wasn't expecting it to be.

Christina said...

Hey I thought the book had 343 pages

Nikki (A Haunt of Ancient Peace) said...

I guess it does. I took all that info from Amazon, so that probably includes the publishing info and blank pages.

Michelle Zink said...

Thank you for the lovely review, Nikki!

Nikki (A Haunt of Ancient Peace) said...

It was not a problem. I loved the book and I hope this little review urges others to pick it up as well.

I hope book 3 is coming along well.

Take care and I hope you're able to make it to Boston again,

:D Nikki

Rheanna said...

I have sooo many books to read now but since following your site I've been finding more amazing books I need to pick up. Thx for all ur great reviews.

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